Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program offers a variety of degree concentrations that help practicing teachers develop as equity-forward, content knowledge and pedagogical leaders.
ASTL is for teachers and educators with at least a year of experience who wish to grow their careers with specialized master’s degree options. The ASTL program:
- Develops research-oriented, student-centered teacher leaders whose teaching practice is aligned with the Five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
- Provides practicing teachers with robust and meaningful academic and professional course work that sharpens their content knowledge and research skills as educators.
- Focuses on increasing teachers' understanding of how students learn, how to design instruction that meets the needs of all learners in their classrooms, and how to assess student learning through multiple approaches.
- Helps teachers more fully understand how cultural and linguistic factors affect students' learning and school climate.
- Builds leadership skills to help teachers become equity-forward change agents in their school communities.
- Develops teachers' expertise in a content area of choice that deepens their professional knowledge and identifies them as team and building leaders.
- Students take 12 credits of core courses and 18-21 credits in a concentration area.
- Many concentrations are available fully online or blended.
- Designed for working educators. Utilize your school and classroom settings as professional learning laboratories.
See Concentrations or Graduate Options for details.
- Advanced International Baccalaureate Research ^^ (30 credit hours)
- Designing Digital Learning in Schools (30 credit hours)
- Diversity and Exceptionality in PK-12 Schools (30 credit hours)
- Early Childhood Education (30 credit hours)
- French (30 credit hours)
- Gifted Education ^ (30 credit hours)
- History/Social Science (30 credit hours)
- Individualized (30 credit hours)
- Literacy: PK-12 (30 credit hours)
- Literacy: K-12 Reading Specialist ^ (33 credit hours)
- Mathematics K-8 (30 credit hours)
- Physical Education (30 credit hours)
- Science K-12 (30 credit hours)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (30 credit hours)
- Spanish (30 credit hours)
- Special Education (30 credit hours)
- Teacher Leadership (30 credit hours)
Graduate Certificate Option
- Gifted Education ^ (12 credit hours)
^ Coursework can be applied to a Virginia add-on endorsement
^^ Coursework can be applied to an IB certificate